Australian female criminals

Australia‘s Justice & Police Museum has released 2,500 photographs of female criminals from the 1920s. The pictures of murderers, bigamists, bootleggers and prostitutes provide a fascnating glimpse into life in Australia in the early 20th Century. There’s a selection at with a link to the main site.

There is a photo [right] of Eugenia Falleni, alias Harry Crawford, criminal record number 499LB, 21   October 1920. Crime: murder. Eugenia Falleni spent most of her life   masquerading as a man. In 1913 Falleni married a widow, Annie Birkett, whom   she later murdered. The case whipped the public into a frenzy as they   clamoured for details of the ‘man-woman’ murderer. Aged approximately 35. takes you straight to the museum site.  The website is not easy to search and I eventually found the first 4 photos at and a further list at



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Sidney Dewayne Cumpston sudden death Burgettstown PA

Many thanks to Nevin my colleague in the USA for this recent newspaper item  February 24, 2012

3-Vehicle Crash Kills Man In Burgettstown Sidney Dewayne Cumpston Dies In Main Street Accident BURGETTSTOWN, Pa. — A Burgettstown man was  killed in a three-vehicle crash early Friday morning on Main Street.

State police identified the victim as Sidney Dewayne Cumpston, 50. The  crash happened at about 7 a.m. Cumpston’s northbound pickup truck was trying to pass a car near the Erie  Street intersection, police said. The other car had stopped for a third car that  was turning left in front of it.  Cumpston’s vehicle hit the rear driver-side area of the stopped car and  continued into the oncoming lane, where it collided with the third car, police  said.  The driver of the third car was taken to a hospital with minor injuries,  and the driver of the second car was not injured, police said.  Cumpston was not wearing a seat belt, police said.



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Wisconsin, Marriage Index, 1973-1997

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Familysearch has added new records including the Wisconsin Marriage Index.  It includes quite modern marriages including the following:

Scott Lee Cumpston      Marriage      02 Jul 1994       Kenosha, Wisconsin     26 years,    spouse   Kerry Sue Schick  aged   28  certificate number 015582  archive roll   5

Do contact me if you recognise these people.


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US Civil War Widows and Other Dependents Pension Files – Elizabeth M CUMPSTON

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In the latest files released by familysearch I found Elizabeth M CUMPSTON a widow of Veteran William H CUMPSTON of the 12 Illinois Infantry   Company B    Application no.  WC30401

[Case Files of Approved Pension Applications of Widows and Other Dependents of Civil War Veterans, ca. 1861-ca. 1910   Record Group 15     ARC      300020]

I have a William H CUMPSTON on my website at who was killed in the War and another of the same name at who was mustered out.  Do let me know if you recognise these people.

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Familysearch – new record sets

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I decided to search on the following, but found the records are only for browsing and there is no search engine.  I had to rotate and enlarge the images but the original record is then of high quality.  Another challenge is that there are dozens of Lodges and without a search engine it is a very time consuming challenge.



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Google Alert finds another CUMPSTON – Myrtle Zelda CUMPSTON

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I have the name CUMPSTON as a google alert and every week it throws up the name for me across the world.  After nearly 15 years most of the links I recognise but this one was new:

It reads:  Myrtle Zelda Cumpston Homicide

Myrtle Zelda Cumpston 61 YOA Case # 6500401 Redfield, IA Dallas County March 9, 1965 Case summary by Nancy Bowers

At 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 9, 1965, Myrtle Zelda Cumpston, 61, was found dead at C & K Aqualand, her co-owned tropical fish aquarium business in rural Dallas County near Redfield. She was shot in the back of the head and 50 dollars was missing from the cash box. Her business partner and neighbor, Mrs. Robert King, found the body when she came to help open the business for the day. Myrtle was robbed and murdered sometime during the previous two hours. Myrtle’s 60-year-old husband Charles Cumpston, a former poultry farmer, left home at 8:00 a.m. to drive to Oskaloosa to examine farm animals. He was an inspector for the Animal Disease Eradication Division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The two women and their husbands met 10 years before through a mutual interest in tropical fish and operated a company together out of the King home in West Des Moines. Because the business grew so rapidly, the Kings built a house a half-mile from the Cumpston residence in 1961. The day-to-day operation was conducted by the two women at the Cumpston farm, located on an unpaved road a quarter-mile east of Redfield, where the Cumpstons lived for 30 years. Dallas County Sheriff John T. Wright called in the Iowa Bureau of Criminal Investigation, which concluded the death was a robbery-murder. Because the in-home business was located in such a remote area, the murderer may have been familiar with the operation. That person might also have known the general banking habits of the owners, as Myrtle Cumpston and Mrs. King deposited the 700 dollar weekend receipts in Des Moines the day before.

The Life of Myrtle Cumpston  Courtesy

Myrtle Cumpston is buried in Dexter Cemetery in Dallas County. Myrtle Zelda Cumpston was born in 1904 in Webster County, Iowa, the only child of George Asa and Mamie C. Dickerson. She had three children — Dale L. Cumpston, Duane Cumpston, and Geneil Elaine Cumpston Mestad. Information Needed Questions and information about the unsolved 1965 murder of Myrtle Cumpston should be directed to the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office at 515-993-4771, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation Cold Case Unit, or Iowa Cold Cases through the Contact form. Sources: • “Probe Murder of Farm Wife in $50 Robbery,” Waterloo Daily Courier, March 12, 1965. • “Seek Clues In Slaying At Redfield,” Muscatine Journal, March 10, 1965. • “Woman Is Slain for $50 Loot,” Cedar Rapids Gazette, March 10, 1965. Tagged with: Dallas County • Myrtle Cumpston • Redfield

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400th blog entry

This is my 400th blog entry outlining websites of interests to local and family historians including details of CUMPSTONs across the world.  Many thanks to those of you who have writen to me about items that have interested you.
[See my photo of Cumpston Hill, Mallerstang, Cumbria UK]

Thank you especially to those of you who have CUMPSTON relatives who have shared with me your histories and photographs of your ancestors and relatives.  Many of these can be found on my website at  My Guild of One Name Studies research  now has over 450 pages on the website and I record each and every sighting of CUMPSTONs and the variant forms of the name, worldwide.

I read all your feedback and hope that you continue to read my postings.


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The Durham Light Infantry websites

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The aim of Durham Light is to collate information on the men who served with the 6th battalion of the Durham Light Infantry during World War One.

There is also an excellent listing for the Durham Light Infantry at  This page is dedicated to the memory of men like John Settrey, who enlisted on the day war was declared but who was later discharged after being found to suffer from epilepsy; Simpson Shield, a miner who trained with 23rd (Reserve) Battalion and was later transferred to a Tunnelling Company of the Royal Engineers; Joseph Turnbull, an old soldier who served with 2nd Battalion, eventually becoming a Sergeant-Instructor; and John Webster, who served with 1/7th Battalion before transfer to the Machine Gun Corps.  All of these men were researched in detail by Chris Baker at fourteeneighteen.

A further website is at has lots of interesing stories and photographs.  Do check them all out if you have ancestors connected with the Durham Light Infantry.



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Subsidy Rolls (Poll Tax) for the year 1379 Yorkshire

Thanks to GENUKI you can read some details from the The Yorkshire Archaeological and Topographical Journals (all pre 1900). The data is “signed”  J.G.  8th February, 1879.

GENUKI provides a virtual reference library of genealogical information of particular relevance to the UK and Ireland. It is a non-commercial service, maintained by a charitable trust and a group of volunteers.

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Quaker records in Ireland

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A small collection of records from the Quakers in Ireland is now online at The site announces:
Today we launch a small collection of Irish death records from the Quaker Annual Monitor 1849. The Quaker Annual Monitor 1849, or Obituary of the Members of the Society of Friends in Great Britain and Ireland for the year 1848, is a published list of obituaries and death notices compiled from the annual returns of the Society’s Meeting Housesin 1848 and the latter parts of 1847.   The Quaker Annual Monitor 1849, or Obituary of the Members of the Society of Friends in Great Britain and Ireland for the year 1848, is a published list of obituaries and death notices compiled from the annual returns of the Society’s Meeting Houses in 1848 and the latter parts of 1847. 

While some of the obituaries provide only a small amount of detail, many are accompanied by the quite lengthy eulogies provided by the elders of deceased’s Meeting House.
For example, one of the last entries for 1848 concerns a young man named Cuthbert Wigham, a member of the South Shields Meeting House, who died aged only 26 in Madeira. Wigham’s death notice recalls that as a youth he was drawn towards the ‘powerful convictions of sin’, but by the time of death had been forgiven for his sins. Suffering from consumption, Wigham spent the last months of his life at Funchall and extracts from his diary for this period accompany his obituary.

These death records are sure to appeal to anyone with a genealogical interest in members of the Society or with Quakers in their Irish family tree.

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